Pictures from our Culture Day

Our members had a great day on Friday at our Culture Day, to celebrate International Day of Older People.  Activities included Bollywood Dancing and Steel Drumming. There was some pampering on offer in the form of facials or hand massage.  Or you could have a caricature drawn by our talented artist Arvind and a personalised poem crafted by our wonderful ‘poet in residence’ Paul.

We asked members to bring in some food towards our buffet lunch – preferably something they remembered from their childhood or that they used to make for their own families, and they did us proud! There were also some amazing cakes in our cake competition – judged by our ‘cake experts’ Lara, Helen and Nic.  And we then got to eat the entries for afternoon tea!!

It really was a wonderful day – thank you to everyone who helped us, members, staff, volunteers, other organisations and anyone else who contributed to the day. Here a just a few of the many pictures we took on the day:

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Stroll with us on 13th September

Our annual sponsored stroll is on Saturday 13th September.  A stalwart bunch of Caring Together members,volunteers, staff and supporters take a gentle (or not so gentle) stroll around Woodhouse Moor/Hyde Park to help raise much needed funds for our work with local older people.

We would love you to join us! If you would like to stroll to help a local charity or if you’d like to sponsor one of our strollers, please get in touch in any of the usual ways

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Good reasons to join our Sponsored Stroll!

Developed in partnership with Macmillan, the experts in cancer, the story has recieved national coverage including being covered by the Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph. This raises the profile of walking, keeping it on the national agenda.

 “Walking has been very important to my recovery [from cancer] – it’s helped me boost my energy levels, wellbeing and confidence.” Bryony, walker

As you’ll know more than most, walking doesn’t just help your physical health but also helps lift your mood and is a great way to make new friends.

“Walking for Health enhances so many lives, provides time for reflection, companionship and the general feeling of well-being, which can all help in the resolution of life’s difficulties.” Alfred, volunteer walk leader

Caring Together Annual General Meeting

Don’t forget it is ourAGM and Trip to Brid 2013 007 Annual General Meeting on Friday 15th August 2014!

12 noon at Woodhouse Community Centre

Come along and hear about what has been happening at Caring Together, and get a copy of our Annual Report 2014.  Plus a cup of tea and light refreshments after the meeting.

RSVP in the comments below or give us a call (or just turn up on the day)

Everyone welcome

Become a friend

smal,,.The term befriending means to act as, or become a friend to someone.  At Caring Together we call this friendly visiting. Often over a cuppa this can be to provide company, as well as good conversation. This can be short term or on a more long term basis, that can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just occasionally.   Our friendly visitors are an amazing team of volunteers, who offer their time for free, visiting members, in their own home, joining them on walks, or just going to a cafe for a coffee.  Our friendly visitors can also keep in contact over the phone if this is better for you or just pop in from time to time.  For our members and volunteers this is about feeling valued, having someone to listen to you, laugh with, share stories past and present with, and just to enjoy some quality time together.

Is this something you would like to do?

Or, are you a member who would like a volunteer to pop in and see you, or maybe go out for a cuppa with?

If so, please get in touch with Lisa.

Is shopping a struggle?

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Caring Together used to run an assisted shopping scheme and we would like to try and offer this service again, but first we must find out how many people need this so we can decide if it is a viable option.  We would plan to pick people up from home with accessible transport and go to a local supermarket where Caring Together volunteers or staff will help you with your shopping and we will help to carry the shopping in to your house when we return.  There would be
a small charge to cover the costs of the transport and it would be fortnightly, on a day to be determined.

If you think this is something that would benefit you, please let Valerie or Angela know, and, if enough people need it, hopefully we will be shopping very soon.

Also, if you think you would like to be a ‘shopping volunteer’ then please speak to Lisa about this.

Call the Caring Together office on  0113 2430298

A friendly voice if you are feeling lonely

mobile phonesDid you know there is a 24hour helpline specially for older people?

Silverline is a free confidential helpline for older people open every day and night of the year. Specially trained staff can offer information, friendship and advice, link callers to local groups and services, offer regular befriending calls and help protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect.

You can call Silverline on 0800 4 70 80 90

And, of course, you can still always call us at Caring Together—but we won’t be here all night!

Are your contact details up to date?

Volunteers outside Derek Fatchett buildingWhen you first join Caring Together, we ask you for contact details in case of an emergency.  These details often change over time but not many of you remember to tell us!  If we do need to contact someone in an emergency we need to have the correct details please.

So if you think there’s chance we don’t have the most up to date details please ring and tell us on 0113 2430298.

Please also remember to tell us if you change your phone number!